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Tribune employee bereaved
: Hans Raj Sharma (64), brother of Subhash Sharma, Executive, posted at Tribune Office, Amritsar, died of cardiac arrest on Thursday. He was cremated in his native Hatpanjley village, Kangra, on Friday. He is survived by his wife and three children.

Review new assessment rule of house tax: Hoteliers
: The Bathinda Hotel and Restaurant Association on Thursday called on mayor of Bathinda Baljit Singh Bir Bahman and the Deputy Mayor Tersem Goyal and submitted a memorandum demanding review of the new assessment rule of house tax. A delegation led by president of the association Satish Arora said that taxes were mandatory but it must be based on some reason and logic. The mayor and the deputy mayor assured them of addressing the issue. Hoteliers Vikramjeet Bahia, Ramesh Sardana, Ravindar Arora and others were present at meeting.

Research paper: Rishav Garg, head of the department, civil engineering, at Baba Farid College of Engineering and Technology, Bathinda, has been invited to present his research paper on 'Removal of copper ions from aqueous solutions using agricultural waste: Kinetic and adsorption studies' at the 4th international congress ICCE 2009 which is a joint conference with Pure and Applied Chemistry Conference- PACCON2010. ICCE 2009 is being organised by the Research Journal of Chemistry and Environment at Thailand from January 21 to 23. A senior lecturer in chemistry department of Baba Farid College, Rajni, will also present her paper on 'Surfactant- crown ether inclusion complexes: A physico-chemical study' at PACCON 2010.

Youth electrocuted: A youth was electrocuted while grinding marble in an under construction building at the local Basant Vihar Colony. On receiving information, members of the Sahara Life Saving Brigade reached the spot and took the youth who was in a serious condition to the hospital where he was declared brought dead by the doctors. The deceased was identified as Gian Singh, a resident of the local National Colony.

Grant for writer Vinod
: Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced a grant of Rs 1 lakh for the treatment of noted scholar and writer Dr TR Vinod, who is undergoing brain tumour treatment at the PGI, Chandigarh. A spokesman of the Chief Minister’s office said after getting information regarding this from Education and Languages Minister Upinderjit Kaur, the CM directed his office to release Rs 1 lakh immediately from his discretionary quota. 

Scooterist killed
:A man was killed after a truck rammed into the scooter he was riding here yesterday. Jagraj Singh (48) of Kokri Kalan village was coming to the town when his scooter was hit by a truck at Sherpur Chowk. Truck driver Teja Singh was arrested. 

Protest held
: The non-teaching staff of the DAV College, Jalandhar, today held protest demanding that the recommendations of pay commission should be implemented at the earliest. State President of the union Madan Lal Khullar demanded that demands of second installment of 50 percent DA merger, medical allowance and implementation of pension and gratuity scheme should be met as early as possible. 

‘Samadhaan’: Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL), Punjab circle, has introduced one-time special relief scheme “Samadhaan” for settlement of disputes regarding broadband usage bills for the benefit of existing and former customers. The customers have been given four options to settlement of disputed bills before March 31.

Body found
: The body of Balvir Singh (26) was found floating in a pond in Chaudhry Majra village. He was missing for the past one week. A case has been registered. 



No property in Goa: CM
: Chief Minister BS Hooda has categorically denied that he has property in Goa. He said reports of a bungalow being constructed by him in Assagao village near Panaji were baseless and seemed to have been planted by vested interests to defame him. He clarified that neither he nor any member of his family had property in Goa, adding that the Assagao panchayat had already cleared his name in the controversy.



Civil defence  officials call on Vohra
: Chief Warden of Civil Defence Organisation Jugal Mahajan and other officials called on Governor NN Vohra at Raj Bhavan here on Friday.Mahajan urged the Governor that their was need for taking adequate measures for strengthening the civil defence organization in Jammu.

Meeting on  consumer rights: The newly constituted State Level Consumers Council held its first meeting over consumer rights and rising prices of essential commodities here today. Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution Qamar Ali Akhoon chaired the meeting.


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